A new study suggests that a father's diet before conception may affect his baby's risk of birth defects.
While it's common knowledge a mother's diet before and during pregnancy can affect the health of her offspring, new research from McGill University suggests that a father's diet may play an equally important role.
"There's a perception...that the father can do whatever he wants in terms of what he eats, what kind of lifestyle he lives, whether he takes drugs or not, and this isn't going to affect whether he has a healthy child or not," lead researcher Sarah Kimmins tells CBC. "Our research really shows this isn't the case."
The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, analyzed the rate of birth defects in mice that were deficient in vitamin B9 or folic acid.
Researchers found birth defects were 28 per cent higher per litter of baby mice if fathers were fed a diet deficient in either nutrient compared toRead More »from Father’s diet influences long-term health of offspring, says study